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OSSMA Helps to Change Lives.

Posted on: January 11, 2016

Here at OSSMA we are always fundraising for different charities. Recently we had one of our best ever fundraising events for Diabetes UK. 

Year 11 student and diabetic sufferer, Phoebe Parkin, along with the help of her friend, Shannon Vendables, have raised a staggering £1007.59, to help to pay for special treatment for youngsters with the same condition.

Phoebe was told she would have to inject herself with medication five times a day for the rest of her life after being diagnosed with type one diabetes five years ago.

But this year, Phoebe was offered a ‘life-changing’ pump, which delivers a steady flow of rapid-acting insulin round the clock.

The pump, which is attached to her stomach and requires a top-up every three days, also warns Phoebe when her blood-sugar levels are getting low.

Activities for the fundraising have included bag packs, raffles and Christmas card sales, and along with other prefects have even held assemblies to all year groups to inform fellow students about the condition.

Regional fund-raiser Ellen Jurczak said: “On behalf of Diabetes UK, I would like to say a huge thank you to Phoebe, Shannon and everyone at the academy who has supported them with their fund-raising efforts.”


“It’s fantastic to see young people showing such initiative and dedication, and the money they have raised will make a big difference in our work to care for and campaign on behalf of the 3.5 million people living with diabetes in the UK.”

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